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DEREK SPOONER  |  Executive Director
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Derek Spooner, M.A., is a non-profit, management and fundraising professional with a strong background in program and fund development, operational design, data analysis, communications, marketing and team motivation.

After working for Stevenson Children’s Camp and Western University, Derek went on to build dynamic and profitable fundraising teams at Artsmarketing Services Inc., and Free The Children in Toronto. His portfolio includes $9.04M in fulfilled gifts between 2011 to 2016 for the Toronto International Film Festival, Save The Children Canada, The New England Aquarium, The Boston Museum of Science, The Chicago Memorial Children’s Hospital and Mirvish Theatre Productions.

In 2015, he was appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund where he developed their first-ever donor database, executed their first holiday giving campaign and saw a 43% increase in revenue for their signature event, the March for Music Therapy. Derek continues to consult on the side, helping small and grassroots organizations find funding to help them achieve their goals and enhance our communities. Most recently, Derek was involved in business development for The Glory Hole Gallery, a micro-art gallery housed at Glad Day Bookshop and which focuses on shining a spotlight on emerging LGBTQ+ artists.

Derek holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social Justice and Peace Studies and Women’s Studies, with a Minor in Film Studies (2008) and a Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies (2009) from Western University.

A trained actor, Derek studied theatre and film at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and the New School University in New York City. He loves to paint, draw and write and hopes to get into screenwriting and filmmaking in the years to come. Derek is excited to learn more about community-based arts and how we can continue to make a positive impact in the Scarborough community, and beyond.

EMILY PELTIER  |  Programs Director
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Emily Peltier is an independent curator, writer, and advocate for the wellbeing of 2SLGBTQ+ people and communities, everywhere. She is the co-creator and curator of the world’s first, and only, miniature 2SLGBTQ+ gallery and collective, Glory Hole Gallery. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from OCAD University and has curated and co-curated exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Blank Canvas Gallery, Critical Distance, The ArQuives, and community centers in Toronto. Her exhibitions through Glory Hole Gallery have been featured in two consecutive Nuit Blanche Toronto, as well as Nuit Rose. She is formerly the Curatorial Programs Coordinator at Critical Distance Centre for Curators. Her research and curatorial interests are many and include: community arts, art activism, and careful curating. 

SANDRALAYA RUCH  |  Interim Administrator + Gallery Programmer
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SandraLaya Ruch recently joined the team at Scarborough Arts as the Interim Administrator and Gallery Programmer. She comes to the organization with 19 years of experience in non-profit administration, operations, fundraising, program development, and event coordination. Sandra is passionate about social activism and women’s rights and advocacy. As the National Coordinator at the nonprofit organization, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace from 2009 to 2018, Sandra has been instrumental in developing the Youth Mentoring Program. Sandra also works as a Life Cycle Officiant, and has spent the last 10 years volunteering with Turtle Island Humanitarian Aid.

ALICE NORTON-BELL  |  Administrator + Gallery Programmer
(On Maternity Leave)
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Alice Norton-Bell is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information (iSchool) where she obtained both a Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) and a Master of Information (MI) with specializations in Library and Information Science (LIS) as well as Archives and Records Management (ARM). She also holds a Bachelor of Arts, Hons. with majors in English and Book and Media Studies. 

Alice’s previous experience includes positions at the the Toronto Public Library, the Museum of Inuit Art, the John M. Kelly Library, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, Sick Kids Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital – Patient and Family Learning Centre, and various academic committees including acting as the Vice President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and Chairing the iSchool’s Tech Fund.  Alice has also acted as a contributor to various exhibits displayed across Toronto including shows at the Toronto Railway Museum, the Toronto Ward Museum, the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library, the University of Toronto Scarborough’s Instructional Centre, Massey College Library, and of course the Bluffs Gallery. 

Alice started with Scarborough Arts in June of 2017 as a Gallery Assistant, taking on the role of Communications Assistant in November of 2017, and has now been working as the organization’s Administrator and Gallery Programmer since April of 2018. She has a love for all cultural institutions and is passionate about supporting the diversity of arts and culture within the many unique artistic communities throughout Scarborough and the GTA. 


Marketing + Communications Assistant
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Kali Banner is an emerging arts professional dedicated to enhancing community engagement through creative programming. Kali is a recent graduate of the Arts Management program at the University of Toronto, Scarborough where she developed her skills in positions such as the Artistic Director of ARTSIDEOUT and the Programming Lead of the Arts Culture and Media Student Association. Kali’s practice in socially-engaged work has led her to positions such as the Archive Intern at Tangled Art + Disability and Assistant Curator for the 2018 inaugural Nuit Blanche event in Scarborough.  

Programs Assistant
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Stephanie de Bem is excited to be returning to Scarborough Arts for her second summer! As the Programs and Operations Assistant, she is excited to bring all types of art to the Scarborough community. Steph is graduating from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts’ Film Studies program this year. She’s produced several short films, including Your Mileage May Vary, which premiered on the CBC last summer and won her a Gracie Award for Outstanding Student Producer, and Fish Out of Water, which has won three awards thus far. Both films, along with one she co-produced—The Next Rightare on the festival circuit currently.

Steph also loves theatre and writing. She has participated in several plays and musicals and has had a short story and poem published. Steph is excited to work at Scarborough Arts again this year as she really enjoyed connecting with many talented community members last summer!

Special Projects Assistant
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Peter Drohan is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, studying Literature and Critical Theory, Philosophy, and Book and Media Studies. He has edited for and contributed to a variety of local and on-campus publications, turning a critical eye towards arts and culture at local and international levels. As the grandchild of Holocaust survivors, he deeply believes in creative production as means to explore, acknowledge, and reconcile with trauma. Moreover, as a child of the Internet Age, Peter is intrigued by the possibilities new media as a vehicle for emancipatory political action. Born in North York, Peter is eager to elevate the status of art and artists outside Toronto’s downtown core.

Development Assistant
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Stephanie comes from a background of life in the theatre. Graduating with a BA in Theatre Studies from York University, she went on to complete a post-graduate certificate in Arts Management at Centennial College. After completing an 8-week development internship at Tarragon Theatre, she is very excited to continue her career in this important field of the arts sector. As an Aurora girl, Scarborough Arts is going to be wonderful place for her to get to know this diverse community and meet new people. Stephanie loves poetry, pizza and a good, bold shade of lipstick.

Administration and Gallery Assistant
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Justice is a Centennial College Alumni with diplomas in both Community Development and Art and Design Fundamentals. She has had the privilege of helping out with events such as the Cultural Hotspot and Hot Docs. She started out as a volunteer with Scarborough Arts and quickly fell in love with the work that they do. Being that she was born in Scarborough and spent most of her childhood in the Scarborough community, being able to work with SA means a lot to her. She’s excited to give back to her community as well as see it through an artist’s perspective! 

Programs Assistant
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Le Anh Chau Tran is an undergraduate student at University of Toronto Scarborough where she specializes in Arts Management and is double minoring in Curatorial Studies and Studio Art. she gained relevant skills and experience in the arts through positions in campus clubs such as ARTSIDEOUT, where she was a Studio Curator, and UTSC Capture, where she was the Marketing Lead. 

She was recently involved in the Jackman Scholars-in-Residence Research Program with Dr. Erin Webster, a curatorial project where they activated the Malcove Collection at the University of Toronto Art Museum by executing a digital exhibition that is currently accessible to the public. 

Through her experience on campus, Le Anh was inspired by the concept of accessibility in the arts and is thrilled to kick off her arts management career with Scarborough Arts. This summer she hopes to connect with the local community with the goal to make arts accessible. 


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